Benita Brink, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Biology

Phone: 719.587.7426
babrink@adams.edu

Education

  • B.S. Aquinas College
  • Ph.D Marquette University

Courses Taught

  • Cellular Biology and Genetics Laboratory
  • General Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

Academic Advising

  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Physician's Assistant
  • Pre-Dental

Research Interests

My current research interests include microbial genetics and microbial ecology. Previous research focused on the role of lipopolysaccharide in the establishment of a symbiosis between Rhizobium leguminosarum and its legume host. The genetics of lipopolysaccharide, in particular the conservation and genomic location of these genes among various Rhizobium strains and species, was investigated.

My current research interests include microbial genetics and microbial ecology. Previous research focused on the role of lipopolysaccharide in the establishment of a symbiosis between Rhizobium leguminosarum and its legume host. The genetics of lipopolysaccharide, in particular the conservation and genomic location of these genes among various Rhizobium strains and species, was investigated.

Selected Publications

  • Noel,K.D., R.J. Diebold, J.R. Cava and B.A. Brink (1987). Rhizobial purine and pyrimidine auxotrophs: Nutrient supplementation, genetic analysis, and the symbiotic requirement for de novo purine biosynthesis. Arch. Microbiol. 149:499-506.
  • Brink,B.A., J. Miller, R.W. Carlson and K.D. Noel (1990). Expression of Rhizobium leguminosarum CFN42 genes for lipopolysaccharide in strains derived from different R. leguminosarum soil isolates. J.Bacteriol. 172:548-555.